This show has been commercially released as "Dick's Picks, Vol. 14"
Morning Dew, Mexicali Blues, Dire Wolf, Beat It On Down The Line, Brown Eyed Women, Black Throated Wind, Don't Ease Me In, El Paso, They Love Each Other, Big River, Loser, Playin' In The Band Bertha-> Promised Land, Row Jimmy, Jack Straw, Here Comes Sunshine, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> Dark Star Jam-> Eyes Of The World-> Sugar Magnolia
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April 3, 2019 Subject:
Best of Run
The third show of the run is probably more-discussed, because Mind Left Body and Nobody Fault Jams are popular curiosities; and that show is good but this is the best of the run overall: loaded with win. Most of this show (at the 3500-seat Wang Theater) is on Dick's Picks #14, but it missed a couple good ones (and, since it's a cherry-picked best-of, very weirdly missed the middle day, which has '73's top Mexicali and a whopper of an UJB>Playin). Donna skipped this tour (Zion - of BoomBox fame - would be born in a couple months).
First Set. A rare Dew opener starts the run already hot (always exciting). It sets a nice tone of weirdness and, check this, the run ends with Dew. Jer is out of tune but just about gets away with it. Mexicali smokes, as it did on this tour, but the next night's is better. The set is average (with a weirdly sluggish Dire Wolf and a BioDtL-3) until Dough Knees starts to fire and then Jer sends El Paso. He could usually find a piece of something here (on Dick's 14, this is substituted with Big River from 12/2). And then the They Love Each Other: one of the best of the era! It totally pops. That energy sends a red-hot Big River. Two nights later is the best one, but check Bobby. He's usually less active while singing but here he plays fills throughout, and throws in some different little minor chords. Playin' is 23min - and keeps movin' tightly all the way through.
Second Set. The first few songs are missing all of Jer and some of Bobby on the SBD, so you'll need the MTX here. Keith is great in this section but Bobby's not having a great night, being out of it by Jack Straw where nobody can find the song. Listen for Jer snapping each player back with a phenomenal Here Comes Sunshine. Wake of the Flood had been released but not many would have heard it yet (in the days before tape trading and before hearing LPs when they first come out). The machine stays on for Weather Report through to a Dark Star Jam (i. e. it never resolves into Dawk Staw proper), where the drop-in is staggeringly on-the-dime. By Sugar Mag, Bobby has shredded his voice and, being the start of a run, they forgo an encore.
1st Set: B+ 2nd Set: B-
Overall = 4¼ stars
Mexicali Blues - one of many perfect '73s
El Paso - Phil pwns it
They Love each Other - just absolutely stellar
Big River - Keith nails it, Bobby is animated
Playing in the Band - Jam goes places
Here Comes Sunshine - As good as the '73s get
Weather Report Suite - superb, but the whole sequence through Eyes is full of win
SOURCES: The vernon SBD has fluctuating pitch errors. It needs -1.5% adjustment until El Paso, where it needs -2%. From Big River through Promised Land it needs -1.75%. Row Jimmy needs -1%. From Jack Straw on it needs -1.5%. 12 of the 21 songs are on Dick's 14, which smooths the fluctuations but also has a pitch error. The tracks on Disc 1 need -2%. The Big River on that disc is not from this show. The D. Usborne matrx (124131_mtx_dusborne) is preferable for the first few songs of the second set.
January 19, 2015 Subject:
quality DEAD show = five stars !!!!! quality SOUNDBOARD=priceless.
The first set is very nicely played/
big Morning Dew out of the gate.
Enjoyed all the Jerry tunes for the set especially T.L.E.O , B.E.W, Loser/
Dire Wolf and Don't Ease while cool are probably not stretchy enough for 1973.
Bob plugs away at it with B.T.W. and El Paso.
The jams on the other cowboy tunes are good as well--Easy to take PLAYIN for granted but it is well done.
Bertha>Promised,(Nice Transition) Row Jimmy- Yeah!
Not only does this have what I consider a dream set run of tunes:
Jack Straw, Here comes Sunshine,
WRS> Dark Star instrumental> EYES> Sugar Magnolia
but the sound is right on.
Some guy was asking on the IA board what to listen to get individual sound of each player.
This is a good one!!!
I can hear everyone very clearly on their instruments plus the vocals are crystal.
I enjoy Donna so I would just say this was a good chance for the boys to JAM while Donna Jean was going thru Maternity.
This is not an especially long show by 1973 standards but really this is high cotton.
"Go anywhere the wind goes"
May 21, 2014 Subject:
The first set is good if typical Fall/Winter '73 fun, highlighted by the Dew opener and a full-voiced Black Throated Wind. Playin' is its usual swervy self, and then Weather Report Suite kicks into this show's centerpiece.
What's the difference between a Dark Star "Jam" and a wordless Dark Star? This right here - less a trip into the outer reaches than an introspective bridge, the band departs from the opening melody almost immediately, down down down into the sea depths, eventually dwindling down into tranquil near-nothingness before Bobby fires up the rudder of Eyes to bring them back to surface. It seems like they intended to go for the full Star, but in reaching the edge so quickly, they find nowhere else to go but up. They would divine a similar course in the Truckin' from the third show of this run, the one which also appears on Dick's Picks 14, in which they forgo the familiar driving groove out of Truckin' proper for more mellow moods. The sprawling Eyes carries us forward in lazy, deliberate fashion, propelling back to sunlight after Dark Star's trip to the ocean floor. It's classic '73, a dose of Summer as Fall heads to a close, fully mature and not to be missed.
The Dicks Picks in general were shabby jobs. Poorly mixed and cut. This is one of the handful of good releases, well done. Great, late-'73 Dead. This whole tour is fantastic, as we don't have to suffer through Donna. I saw over 330 shows, around 80 from '72-'79 and she simply could not sing live. Major pitch problems plus she couldn't hear so she screamed. In the studio she was fine. The band knew it, she knew it. They are just the kings of procrastination and they won't confront anything ever. So we had to put up with her for 7 years. Sweet lady, but can't sing a lick on stage. Check out this whole tour, no Donna at all - I caught Durham and Charlotte, Cleveland was good, of course Boston, Omni in Atlanta.
As for the DP's, I agree with the list below. And I'd add the one from providence/Boston June '74, the Ally Pally in Sept. '74, the one from Madison/Cedar Falls Feb. '78. Spectrum '72. Jersey City '74 and Richmond '85.
April 19, 2013 Subject:
This Dick's Picks, the one from Lincoln and Salt Lake and 5/2/70 are gifts from Dick to you. (firstname.lastname@example.org, if you need a copy)
Here Comes Sunshine is amazing from 11-30.
12/2 features the best Wharf Rat IMO.
2/26 Dark Star and Playing are great.
2/28 has the best Morning Dew IMO and the sound quality is nonpareil.
5/2 Cryptical is the summit.
while I'm not usually in favor of shows being cut to ribbons, this DP release captures so nicely the bookends of this Boston run that I don't care - what highlights from this night!
Big River has that large, fast-flowing, muddy wall-of-sound sound, and Playin' has everything we love to death about the Dead in this era.
The WRS > Dark Star Jam > Eyes is a lilting lullaby for a deep fall evening, let Keith and Jerry twinkle the night away...really, you need to hear this - Dick and co did us right with this release, IMHO.
December 20, 2011 Subject:
Second Set Jam
The entire show is without Donna who was apparently too pregnant to perform. I am not a complete Donna "hater" though I do appreciate hearing a classic 73' Primo Era classic with her absent. Vocally the boys take care of all the duties well without her. Nice rare circumstance.
Such an amazing WRS>Dark Star Jam> Eyes. Obviously. Just simply the best Dead interplay imaginable. Candy to the ears with a five man band. Dick Lavata adored Winter 73' and considered it as one of their most consistently fine performance eras. Very true indeed.
September 14, 2011 Subject:
Though not as legendary as 12/2, highlights abound in this show, including TLEO, HCSS, Weather Report and one of my favorite versions of Playin'. The Eyes is one of the best of 1973, or ever.
Dick's Picks 14 is a must have!!
March 18, 2009 Subject:
4 years later.....
DP leftovers still M.I.A
October 25, 2004 Subject:
Where are Dick's leftovers from 11/20 ans 12/2? Can we ghet those up here?
In this era, they played They Love Each Other uptempo, and Garcia here demonstrates his great command over these chord changes, moving effortlessly up and down the fretboard. Playin' and H.C. Sunshine are long and interesting.
April 16, 2004 Subject:
Playin' keeps e smilin'
I must say, this is the greatest website i have ever seen! Thanks so much for these great shows. I have been trading for over 10 ears, and this show is one reason why. The Playin' is so blisteringly awsome it defy's words. Garcia is truly on fire. I don't want to even get into the amazing quality of Eyes. You must have this show!!!